Fika, coffee and bikes. If you’ve received this as an e-mail notification please click-through to the post to see the video.
Our holiday started based around one restaurant booking, Faviken.
Why did we want to go? It was about passion, and the desire of the chef to promote and maintain the culture and heritage of Nordic cuisine. We had watched Chefs Table… and since then had wanted to visit and experience it for ourselves.
Booking for us was smooth, the computer was on, and the moment it ticked over 8:30am we booked the restaurant reservation and then accomodation. I recognise not everyone has this experience, so obviously it was meant to be. Once booked (and paid), the rest of our holiday was planned around the booking. Simple eh?
It was a long way to get to Faviken, overnight train from Stockholm to Åre and a taxi there. We learnt it is the largest hunting lodge in Sweden. The small section of the grounds we saw were picturesque.
Accomodation was very comfy. You could take a sauna if you wanted…. we elected to go for a walk and explore what we could.
We walked to the garden… this hut was heated and had a bucket full of drinks on ice! Perfect in winter… thankfully it was not raining.
While inside and perusing the gardening books, a chef/gardener came along and we were given freshly made raspberry gelato and lettuce leaves with cream. So, so good – and what a place to enjoy the tastes.
We were taken on a tour of the garden.
Some things are easier to grow than others…
They grow the vegetables (treat them, pickle or otherwise) and store them in the root cellar. They have a large garden – not just the small one guests see
We met some Australian’s (surprisingly enough). We had a great time talking to them about food and restaurants we had been to and going to on holiday.
The meal itself was amazing – and I’m not just saying that…! What follows are pictures of the food we enjoyed that evening….
Oyster was so tasty….
The taste of these eggs…
The spinach was Kym’s highlight!
The homemade alcoholic drinks were delightful…
Love a seasonal berry!
We went to bed – very satisfied and full! Here is a copy of what we ate that night – the first few courses are presented at speed, so I’m pleased to have this list:
Thankfully, the next morning we also was able to enjoy breakfast.
The milk/butter was provided by a local farmer who is in her 80’s – it’s what she has done for all her life. It was truely devine. Can you see yourself doing what you are doing now for the rest of your life? It’s hard to imagine….
Ah… great experience. Worth it – yes!
Sorry to all those people who have asked about the experience and our explainations have been a little average – hopefully this post goes some way in sharing with you our experience.
One of the first on the to do list was to visit the Stockholm Stadsbibliotek. We ride our bikes there. Despite being a short distance the streets were packed with people and the bike lanes were not as good as Poland (well at least what we saw at the beginning of our time there).
The library is a very impressive structure for being built in 1928.
Although, they do appear to make money from people using the toilets. Can’t say I had thought about that from of income stream myself. However given it’s on the list of places to visit I probably shouldn’t be surprised. But I will give them credit, as it was very easy to use!
The collection did have some amazingly old books- found one from 1957… perhaps a good weed is in order.
Tonight’s dinner was had at the Flying Elk. First up as a snack was truffled popcorn – oh this was good).
Second dish was scallops with scrambled eggs, and truffles.
Kym had the schnitzel (yes you read that right – it is a gastronomic pub) and I had the fish with kohlrabi (which was pickled and cooked) and bacon.
… and dessert I had lemon tart with sorbet and Kym enjoyed eton mess.
A very enjoyable meal!
You could buy the book by the chef – but it’s in Swedish. Thankfully, we cycled here – but I think we should be doing more!